Friday, June 12, 2009

Are You Ready for EB WEEK?

Different parts of the country have different holidays. We learned this by accident when we failed to take our kids to school on Memorial Day in North Carolina. And tried to send them on Easter Monday!

When we lived in Park City, Utah, one of the grocery clerks wished me a "Happy 24th!" I almost said, "Merry Thursday to you, too," not having a clue what she was talking about. Apparently July 24th was the momentus day when Brigham Young looked out over the Great Salt Lake and told the weary Mormon settlers, "This is the place." It is celebrated with far more hoopla in Utah than the 4th of July is in other states.

Other countries have their own special holidays as well. Our Canadian friends celebrate Boxing Day, the day after Christmas (which we celebrate here in the States by boxing up our unwanted Christmas gifts and taking them back to the store for exchange!).

The Aussies have a charming holiday called Picnic Day, a thoroughly civilized stress-reliever to my mind. And now the good folk Down Under are launching a whole new celebration this Sunday called EB WEEK . . . Emily Bryan Week!

Ok, not everyone in Australia will celebrate Emily Bryan Week.

In fact, it's mostly just my good friends at Royal Reviews, the Queen of Happy Endings, the Empress of Good and Evil and her Highness, the Fussy Princess. And ok, the parade will be virtual and the only fireworks you'll see are on the top of this post, but I promise a good time will be had by all! Each day, we'll be talking about a different one of my books. Wednesday is our day for Hunky Heroes and don't miss Loved Up Friday! There'll be reviews and excerpts (and not chosen by me, so I can't wait to see what the Royal Court has decided to share!)

And every day, I'll be giving away a free book to someone who leaves a comment at Royal Reviews. They've promised me "royal accomodations," (I believe this means a jacuzzi tub, a king sized bed with 700 threadcount sheets, and a koala in the gum tree of my private garden) so I'll be popping in to answer questions and swap comments all week.

Throw a few shrimp on the barbie, pour yourself a glass of Yellow Tail and join me each day Down Under for EMILY BRYAN WEEK at Royal Reviews June 14th-June 21st.

Of course, the Aussies are a day a head of us here in the States because of the International Dateline. Or is it a day behind? Hmmm. Maybe we all better visit Royal Reviews every day just to make sure.

And please pop back here tomorrow when my guest will be paranormal and romantic suspense author Kerri Nelson. She'll be giving away a Summer Survival Kit!

So, to get the virtual conversation started today . . . what's YOUR favorite holiday?


kerribookwriter said...

Had to stop by a day early...and a dollar short. Wait a minute, maybe that's a day late and a dollar short. Now I'm all confused with the time zone thing! LOL

Looking forward to chatting with you and your readers my special blog day tomorrow. I'm getting the Summer Survival Kit all packed up and ready to give to one lucky duckie!

Let's fave holiday...I really like Thanksgiving the best. I know there are no gifts but the food is just unbeatable. Also, there's that anticipation of Christmas just around the corner.


P.S. LMAO at the word verification down below is "bug ear". Hee Hee!

EmilyBryan said...

Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine too. The emphasis is on family--at least until the football games start! And I love parades. Working on the homemade noodles while listening to the Macy's Parade filing through my living room is a must for my Thanksgiving!

See you tomorrow!

Genella deGrey said...

EB Week - I love it! hehe!

My fave holiday - even when I was a kid, is Halloween. A lot of my decorations stay up all year, but really they look more gothic than orange pumpkins and green witches.

Hence my favorite question, "Does that come in black?"


EmilyBryan said...

Now that we live in New England, I really need to visit Salem this October. Not only is there plenty of touristy silliness, there's also some seriously disturbing history about greed and the power of mob-think.

Judith said...

Woohoo! Emily Bryant Week!

Teddyree said...

Teddyree - Empress of Good & Evil here. EEK! I'd better give Fussy & Happy Endings a serve, the ROYAL ACCOMODATIONS are in serious need of a spring clean and my role as Master of Ceremonies for EB week has me busy already. LOL

Yes we are a day ahead here in Oz. It's 3.30pm on Saturday arvo.

My fave holiday is Boxing Day, the day after christmas when all the excitement has died down and we just spend time with family, vege out or go to the beach.

EmilyBryan said...

Hi Teddy,

My goodness, you sound very forbidding as the Empress of Good and Evil! I'll still call you Teddy, ok?

Can't wait for my visit at RoyalReviews!

Nynke said...

Wow, go to the beach on boxing Day... Down Under is a strange world to me. Must go there sometime :).
I think Halloween would be my favourite if I were American (love dressing up!). But since I'm Dutch and also love presents, especially in Winter when everyone needs cheering up, my actual favourite is Saint Nicolas, December 5th, when we give each other presents and make silly (but sometimes also deep) poems about the recipient to go with them. And there are really yummy sweets :).

EmilyBryan said...

Nynke--How interesting that you celebrate St. Nicholas as a separate holiday. It's all tangled up with our Christmas here.